Rhode Island House of Representatives

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Rhode Island
House of Representatives
Rhode Island General Assembly
Seal of Rhode Island.svg
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 1, 2019
Leadership
Speaker of the House
Joe Shekarchi (D)
since January 5, 2021
Speaker pro Tempore
Brian Patrick Kennedy (D)
since January 12, 2017
Majority Leader
Christopher Blazejewski (D)
since January 5, 2021
Minority Leader
Blake Filippi (R)
since November 7, 2018
Structure
Seats75
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Political groups
Majority
  •    Democratic (65)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, Constitution of Rhode Island
SalaryRepresentative: $15,414 per year
Speaker of the House: $30,158 per year
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(75 seats)
Next election
November 2022
Meeting place
Gallery view of the Rhode Island State House - House Chamber.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island
Website
Rhode Island House of Representatives

The Rhode Island House of Representatives is the lower house of the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, the upper house being the Rhode Island Senate. It is composed of 75 members, elected to two year terms from 75 districts of equal population. The Rhode Island General Assembly does not have term limits. The House meets at the Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence. [1]

Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. As well as presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

The current Speaker of the House is Democrat Nicholas A. Mattiello. He was elected as Speaker of the House by his House colleagues on March 25, 2014. First elected in November 2006 to Represent District 15 in Cranston & he served as the House Majority Leader from February 2010 until becoming Speaker. He replaced former Speaker Gordon D. Fox of District 4 (Providence), who was found to have stolen $108,000 in campaign contributions and accepted $52,000 in bribes. [2] [3] The Speaker pro Tempore is Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Westerly, Hopkinton). K. Joseph Shekarchi (D) was elected by his fellow Democrats as the House Majority Leader on November 10, 2016. It is the second ranking position in the House Leadership after the Speaker. He has served the residents of District 23 in Warwick since being elected in November 2012. The Republican Minority Leader is Blake A. Filippi of District 36 which includes all of Block Island and Charlestown, and portions of Westerly and South Kingstown. He was elected House Minority Leader, the highest ranking Republican in the House, in November 2018.

Composition

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican IndependentVacant
End of 2014 session6960750
Beginning of 2015 session63111750
End of 2016 session6212
2017-2018 [4] 64110750
Beginning of 2019 session6690750
June 23, 2020 [5] 81
Latest voting share

Officers

PositionRepresentativePartyDistrict
Speaker of the House Joe Shekarchi Dem23
Speaker pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem38
Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski Dem2
Majority Whip John Edwards Dem70
Minority Leader Blake Filippi Rep36
Minority Whip Michael Chippendale Rep40
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin K. Price Rep39

Members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

This list is of members elected in November 2020, to serve in the 2021–22 biennium. [6]

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidence/other municipalities in district
1 Edith Ajello Dem Providence
2 Christopher Blazejewski DemProvidence
3 Nathan Biah DemProvidence
4 Rebecca Kislak DemProvidence
5 Marcia Ranglin-Vassell DemProvidence
6 Raymond Hull DemProvidence
7 David Morales DemProvidence
8 John J. Lombardi DemProvidence
9 Anastasia P. Williams DemProvidence
10 Scott A. Slater DemProvidence
11 Grace Diaz DemProvidence
12 Jose Batista DemProvidence
13 Ramon Perez DemProvidence, Johnston
14 Charlene Lima Dem Cranston, Providence
15 Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung RepCranston
16 Brandon Potter DemCranston
17 Jacquelyn Baginski DemCranston
18 Arthur Handy DemCranston
19 Joseph McNamara Dem Warwick
20 David Bennett DemWarwick
21 Camille Vella-Wilkinson DemWarwick
22 Joseph J. Solomon Jr. DemWarwick
23 K. Joseph Shekarchi DemWarwick
24 Evan Shanley DemWarwick
25 Thomas Noret Dem Coventry
26 Patricia Morgan Rep West Warwick
27 Patricia Serpa DemWest Warwick
28 George Nardone RepCoventry
29 Sherry Roberts RepCoventry
30 Justine Caldwell Dem East Greenwich
31 Julie Casimiro Dem North Kingstown, Exeter
32 Robert Craven DemNorth Kingstown
33 Carol McEntee Dem Narragansett, South Kingstown
34 Teresa Tanzi DemNarragansett, South Kingstown
35 Kathleen A. Fogarty DemSouth Kingstown
36 Blake Filippi Rep Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly
37 Samuel Azzinaro Dem Westerly
38 Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem Westerly, Hopkinton
39 Justin K. Price Rep Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton
40 Michael Chippendale Rep Coventry, Foster, Glocester
41 Robert Quattrocchi Rep Scituate
42 Edward Cardillo Dem Johnston
43 Deborah Fellela DemJohnston
44 Gregory Costantino Dem Lincoln
45 Mia Ackerman DemLincoln
46 Mary Ann Shallcross Smith DemLincoln
47 David Place Rep Burrillville, Glocester
48 Brian Newberry Rep North Smithfield
49 Steven Lima Dem Woonsocket
50 Stephen Casey DemWoonsocket
51 Robert Phillips DemWoonsocket
52 Alex Marszalkowski Dem Cumberland
53 Bernard Hawkins Dem Smithfield
54 William O'Brien Dem North Providence
55 Arthur Corvese DemNorth Providence
56 Joshua Giraldo Dem Central Falls
57 James N. McLaughlin DemCentral Falls
58 Carlos E. Tobon Dem Pawtucket
59 Jean Philippe Barros DemPawtucket
60 Karen Alzate DemPawtucket
61 Leonela Felix DemPawtucket
62 Mary Messier DemPawtucket
63 Katherine Kazarian Dem East Providence
64 Brianna Henries DemEast Providence
65 Gregg Amore DemEast Providence
66 Liana Cassar Dem Barrington, East Providence
67 Jason Knight Dem Warren
68 June Speakman DemWarren
69 Susan R. Donovan Dem Bristol
70 John Edwards Dem Tiverton
71 Michelle McGaw Dem Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton
72 Terri-Denise Cortvriend DemPortsmouth
73 Marvin Abney Dem Newport
74 Deb Ruggiero Dem Jamestown
75 Lauren H. Carson DemNewport

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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References

  1. "RI House of Representatives" . Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. "Former Rhode Island House Speaker and Providence Licensing Board Vice Chairman Gordon Fox to Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Wire Fraud, Bribery, and Tax Evasion". FBI. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. "A new speaker in the R.I. House: Mattiello voted in to replace Fox". Providence Journal. March 25, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. Rep. Blake Filippi switched parties from Independent to Republican before the start of session.
  5. John Lyle Jr. (District 46) left the Republican Party.
  6. "RI House of Representatives elections, 2016" . Retrieved March 8, 2017.